Saturday, August 22, 2015

My Insanity Round 2 & 21 Day Fix Results!

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."

As I'm writing this post and thinking about how I want to share my results with the world, it's an incredible feeling to sit here and reflect back on the last 9 weeks. This is my second experience completing Insanity. The toughest workout program I've ever completed. Knowing what was to come the second time around you would think I would have been prepared for the intensity but I wasn't. The one thing I was prepared for, was knowing I could do it. I had after all done it before.

Insanity is a tough program. I think we all know that from it's reputation and the infomercials. It is definitely geared towards those with experience working out, however I have seen some pretty amazing transformations from those who are novices to the workout world, taking on this amazing challenge anyway.  The thing to know about Insanity is that it is not impossible.  Hard, but not impossible.  My key thing when going through this program is simply, as P90X creator Tony Horton would say, "Do your best, and forget the rest".  I may not always have perfect form, or be able to get in the same amount of repetitions as the fantastically fit and toned individuals in the video, but I give it my all and that's all that matters.  Yes I take more breaks than Shaun T gives you.  No I can't do every workout.  Push up jacks are my Nemesis, but I modify. Nothing wrong with regular push ups. Hey, even I get on my knees sometimes for them. I guess what I'm trying to say is if you're looking for a challenge, don't let me scare you away from this program.

Give it a shot and you may surprise yourself. I sure as heck did. Twice.

My first round of Insanity I completed during the summer of 2013.  Click here to read more about it and see my results from then. I began my 2nd round of Insanity on June 22nd, 2015 and completed on August 22nd. I knew August was going to be a challenging month for me. I had a long weekend trip to Miami planned with some girlfriends, a Bridal shower and Bachelorette party, my Mum's birthday and my birthday all within the same month.  In an effort to not ruin my results from Month 1 and be proactive in month 2 I decided to start following the 21 Day Fix meal plan for a week leading up to Miami and continue with it when I returned. Once I came back from Miami I completed 1 round of the 3 day fix from the 21 day fix program and a second round of it my last 3 days of Insanity.

3 Day Fix, what's that you ask?----> The 3 day fix is a bonus program that Autumn Calabrese includes with her 21 day fix program. The 3 day fix is a 3 day clean eating program where you eat 6 meals a day spaced about 2 hours apart. It is designed for those who need a little reboot after a weekend like mine in Miami, or someone preparing for a special event like a wedding or fitness competition.  If you'd like more information on the 21 Day Fix and the 3 Day Fix instructions that come with it, please contact me using the "How can I help you" contact box to the left of my page.

My Results!

So without further ado, here are my results! This is for one full round of Insanity and drinking Shakeology daily. I lost a total of 15lb and 12 inches, but what I gained is SO much more!

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How did I do this?

I could not be happier with the hard work I put into this program and the results I achieved because of it.  Did I have a few cheat meals, absolutely. Did I overindulge? No. I did cut back on alcohol, drank a lot of water, herbal tea and followed the 21 day fix meal plan for the second month with 2 rounds of the 3 day fix within that. For the 1st month I simply ate as clean as I could.  I could NOT have gotten through this program without the love, support and motivation of my challenge group. If you aren't familiar with what a challenge group is, in a nutshell it is a small closed, private group on Facebook where you receive free coaching on clean eating recipes, tips for success, motivation, support and accountability throughout your Beachbody workout program. You replace 1 meal a day for the duration of your challenge with Shakeology which is packed full of nutrients and super foods (and tastes just delicious). Challenge groups are a great place to vent frustrations, celebrate successes and ask questions.  Having participated in quite a number, and hosted them I can say without a doubt that they make a massive difference in the success of many individual's health and fitness journeys.

If you need help with your health and fitness goals, please don't hesitate to reach out to me by completing the coach application below.

With all my love,

Julie



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